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Thread: Returning as a Long Arm Quilter

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    Super Member jansquiltn's Avatar
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    Returning as a Long Arm Quilter

    Haven't been around here for a while because I gave into my desire for a long arm. Researched from the Houston Show last year to the Hampton VA show this year and bought one. I purchased the 26" Innova with Lightning Stitch and PantoVision. Ended up with a 14ft frame after telling my girlfriend that I was going to get a 12ft frame. She asked if I was crazy and had I seen the size quilts that I make. ( I don't like fighting the hubby for covers). After many hours of looking at U tube videos I loaded a customer quilt just after three days of practice. It turned out fantastic. First paper pantograph complete. Then was able to go to St. George Utah to Let's Quilt for three days of Quilting Bootcamp. Teryl Loy was wonderful along with all of her staff. Her husband John was a real sweetheart as well. I took the extra day of Feathers class with Corey Alender and loved feathers by the end. On the last day in Utah. My Internet (yes I saw she was going to be out there at the same time and asked if she wanted to share a room so we could spend more money on gadgets or thread. She said yes and we had a great time. Never met a quilter I didn't like) girlfriend Sheryl Till (Quilting Tizzy) went to Superior threads and got to check out the new fabric section and say hello to Bob and Heather, Mother Superior. Then checked out several local quilt shops.

    Upon arriving home I've completed one more customer quilt. The first on the PantoVision and getting ready to load the next.

    I'm sew excited about my new "job". After having had no luck since the end of September trying to find an accounting position. I finally have a creative and enjoyable "job" that will hopefully pick up some great new friends along the way.

    Glad to be back
    Januari Rhodes
    26" Innova, LS, Pantovision, all on a 14' Frame

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    Welcome back, sounds like you have been busy!
    SueDor

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    Good for you Jan. It is nice to see/meet another OCD person. My DD and I are starting down the same path as you are, starting our own little quilting business. I was laid off over three years ago and gave up the job hunt after several months and decided to draw my SSI. I did the math, I was also in the accounting field and found that potential employers were not offering wages for experience and yes, there is an age factor for some of us. I decided that economically it was best to stay home instead of fighting the daily grind of commuting to work.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Hi Jan, and welcome back.
    "He who masters the grey everyday is a hero."


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    Welcome from Minnesota USA and happy quilting
    Nancy in western NY

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    Welcome back and good luck on your new job. If nothing else maybe eventually you can also offer classes on using the long arm. I know that here I haven't seen any. I have a small crib size Gracie quilting frame; all metal. I haven't used it even though I've had it for quite sometime. One store bought a long arm and was going to offer classes but hasn't and now they've hired a person to do quilting for customers so I doubt they'll do the classes as there is always a quilt on the frame. I bought my small frame (slightly used) as a starter but not sure where to start and recently have thought about just selling it since there aren't any classes in the Hampton Roads area. Lots and lots of luck to you.
    Judy

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    Hello, welcome back!

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    Welcome back ! I do wish you great success in your new profession! I think you are going to like working for yourself. it takes great courage to reinvent yourself. Keep us posted on your new journey.

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    Welcome back from Michigan!

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    welcome back from se TX
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